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What is Normal Body Temperature?


Body temperature can vary from person to person, and day to day, depending on inner health and external influences of a person.

Normal body temperature generally lies within an acceptable range. The normal core temperature of the body at rest, is in the range of 36°C to 37.8°C. The average body temperature is 37°C or 98.6°F. It may vary above or below this range, depending on physical activity and the environment.

Your body temperature is usually highest in the evening. It can be increased by exercise, physical activity, strong emotion, eating, heavy clothing, medications, high room temperature, hormones, and high humidity.

What is abnormal body temperature?

A body temperature that is outside the normal range (36-37.8°C) when taken at rest can be considered abnormal. Tracking temperature over time can help provide a clearer picture as to the cause of the abnormal temperature. Abnormally high or low temperatures can be serious and can indicate fever or ill health. A doctor should be consulted.

How to take your body temperature?

There are a number of ways to take body temperature. The most common and accurate is oral measurement. For oral measurement, place thermometer under the tongue with the mouth closed. A standard glass and mercury thermometer should be left there for at least three minutes.

The tip of the thermometer should be placed as far back under the tongue as possible. Avoid hot or cold drinks and food within 20 minutes of taking your temperature as it will affect the reading. Other measurements include; axillary (under the armpit), eardrum and rectal.

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